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The Best Magic Kingdom Rides & Attractions

Plan your day at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom using my guide to the best Magic Kingdom rides and attractions. 

As “best” can be subjective, I’ve also included a full list of all the attractions and rides available at the end of the post.

Space Mountain

This roller coaster takes you through twists and turns in the complete dark. 

You never know what’s coming next since you can’t see a thing, so you can’t psych yourself out and you end up fully experiencing the ride as it’s meant to be. 

Of all the roller coasters at Magic Kingdom, Space Mountain is my favorite. 

I always walk off this ride with happy tears in my eyes from laughing so much!!

Similar versions of this ride are available at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland. Learn more in my Space Mountain Ride Guide.

  • Location: Tomorrowland
  • Height requirement: Riders must be at least 44 inches or taller to ride.
  • Genie+: Yes, this ride is available as an option for Genie+.
  • Ride photo: Yes, a photo is taken on this ride.
  • Duration: 2.5 minutes

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Photo of The Park Pixie riding Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin at Magic Kingdom.

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin takes you through several rooms where you use your astro blaster gun to score points by shooting at targets. 

It’s one of my favorite rides at Magic Kingdom because it’s like a game and a ride all-in-one!

If you love a little competition, you’ll love this ride as much as I do!

Similar versions of this ride are available at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland. 

It also used to be available at Hong Kong Disneyland, but closed in 2017. It was replaced by a Marvel-themed ride, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle.

  • Location: Tomorrowland
  • Height requirement: All heights welcome
  • Genie+: Yes, this ride is included in Genie+.
  • Ride photo: Yes, there is a ride photo (as featured above).
  • Duration: About 5 minutes

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Photo of Dopey holding a hoe and bucket full of jewels outside the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster at Magic Kingdom.
Photo by Gregg Newton, courtesy of Disney.

This fun, family-friendly roller coaster takes riders on a twisty, turney journey through a diamond mine. 

The theming is spot-on for its lovable, classic characters, with brilliant-colored gems, animatronic figures, and the song Heigh-Ho playing in the background.

A similar version of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is available at Shanghai Disneyland.

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Height requirement: Riders must be at least 38 inches or taller to ride.
  • Genie+: No, this ride is not included as an option for Magic Kingdom’s Genie+ pass.
  • Individual Lightning Lane: Yes, you can purchase an individual lightning lane pass for this ride.
  • Ride photo: Yes, there is a ride photo, as well as a video. 
  • Duration: Just under 3 minutes.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Photo of people riding the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster at Magic Kingdom.

This roller coaster takes riders through a haunted gold mine with lots of twists, turns, and hills. 

The only thing this roller coaster is missing is a ride photo to capture everyone’s smiling faces!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is also available at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland.

  • Location: Frontierland
  • Height requirement: Riders must be 40 inches or taller to ride.
  • Genie+: Yes, this ride is included as an option for Genie+.
  • Duration: 3 minutes

Splash Mountain / Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Artist Rendering of the Splash Mountain makeover featuring characters from Princess & the Frog, such as Princess Tiana.
Photo courtesy of Disney.

Splash Mountain closed permanently on January 22 and is currently undergoing a major redesign featuring Tiana and friends from The Princess & the Frog.

The revamped ride is set to reopen in late 2024 as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

I am so thrilled to see this movie featured better in the parks and for the outdated and, frankly, racist theming to get ripped out. 

The ride itself is pretty simple, but lots of fun – especially on a hot day. 

After riding through a character-themed river, you plunge down a 52.5 foot waterfall at 45 mph and get SOAKING wet. 

It’s a fun way to cool off, though you might not want to ride it unless you’re about to head back to your hotel for a break since you’re pretty much guaranteed to get wet!

As much as I hate getting wet at the regular theme parks, if you time your ride just before you leave the park for a break or for the evening, it can be super refreshing!

Splash Mountain is also available at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.

As of January 2023, Splash Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland has not announced a re-theme, but Disneyland will also reopen in late 2024 with a Tiana theme.

  • Location: Frontierland
  • Height requirement: Riders must be at least 40 inches or taller to ride.
  • Duration: Just under 12 minutes

Pirates of the Caribbean

Photo of a scene in Pirates of the Caribbean with 3 pirates in a jail trying to get keys from a dog holding them in his mouth.
Photo courtesy of Disney.

Another cult-favorite ride at Magic Kingdom is Pirates of the Caribbean. 

On this indoor boat ride, you’ll witness many hilarious pirate-themed scenes, featuring Disney’s favorite pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow.

Similar versions of Pirates of the Caribbean are also available at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland.

  • Location: Adventureland
  • Height requirement: All heights welcome.
  • Genie+: Yes, this ride is available as an option for Genie+.
  • Duration: 8.5 minutes

Haunted Mansion

This cult-favorite ride makes the list thanks to its spectacular theming. 

The ride itself is pretty simple and similar to other ride-throughs, like Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. But the special attention to detail on this ride is just top-notch. 

From the attraction line all the way through to the end, you’ll feel fully immersed in a spooky, haunted mansion. 

And as one might expect, it’s even more fun during Halloween time as there is usually a special PhotoPass opportunity outside the ride’s exit.

Haunted Mansion is also available at Disneyland (the original, slightly shorter ride), Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland.

  • Location: Liberty Square
  • Height requirement: All heights welcome
  • Genie+: Yes, this ride is available as an option for Genie+.
  • Ride photo: Yes, there is a ride photo and it features hitchhiking ghosts!

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Photo of Stitch riding the PeopleMover ride at Magic Kingdom.
Photo by David Roark, courtesy of Disney.

For many years, I just did NOT get why people thought this ride was so special. I had memories of riding it when I was a kid back in the 90s and being SO bored. 

And then one day, my family and I randomly decided to hop on because there was no wait.

Happily Ever After was about to start, but my niece was going through a no-fireworks phase, so we hopped on as none of us wanted to leave the theme park yet.  

We ended up getting spectacular views of the fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle. I’ve been hooked on this ride ever since!

If you’ve seen Happily Ever After before, I definitely recommend hopping on the People Mover during the show for a new experience.

If you’re only in Magic Kingdom during the day, you can get cool photos of the park from an aerial view. 

So basically, there’s no wrong time to ride the PeopleMover!

  • Location: Tomorrowland
  • Height requirement: All heights welcome
  • Genie+: No, this ride is not available as an option for Genie+, as the line is generally never long enough to need it.
  • Duration: 10 minutes

Enchanted Tales with Belle

This attraction is actually a show, but since it’s available multiple times throughout the day, I’ve included it in this list of the best Magic Kingdom attractions and rides.

In this show, the story of Beauty & the Beast is retold with select audience members chosen to play characters alongside Belle. 

It’s creative and fun, and bound to be a long-lasting memory for anyone who volunteers to play a part in the show. I highly recommend seeing it at least once!

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Genie+: No, this show is not available as an option for Genie+.
  • Ride photo: Yes – photos are taken at this show, both of the show itself. You can usually have your photo taken with Belle, as well.
  • Duration: Roughly 20 minutes

Mad Tea Party

Photo of singer Becky G riding Mad Tea Party ride at Magic Kingdom with Alice in the background.
Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney.

This is a simple, but classic attraction at Magic Kingdom. Mad Tea Party features swirling saucers that guests can control the spinning speed, while the ride itself spins in a circle. 

I might be a bit biased on this one, as I have a lot of good memories riding it with my niece.

The first time she rode it, all she could talk about was seeing a spinning ride like this on Spongebob Squarepants. How un-Disney of her!

This Alice in Wonderland-themed attraction is also available at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland.

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Height requirement: All heights welcome
  • Genie+: Yes, this ride is available as an option for Genie+.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Last but not least is Mickey’s PhilharMagic, a fun 4D film starring Donald Duck in Mickey’s iconic Fantasia role. 

Throughout this short film, you’ll hear many of your favorite Disney songs, like Be Our Guest from Beauty & the Beast and Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic is also available at Disney California Adventure, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland.

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Genie+: Yes, this show is available as an option for Genie+.
  • Duration: 12 minutes

Lightning Lanes & Genie+ at Magic Kingdom

Not all rides and attractions are available with Genie+ or individual lightning lanes at Magic Kingdom.

Check out the table below for a list of rides that come with Genie+ at Magic Kingdom, as well as which rides have individual lightning lane passes for sale.

Rides & AttractionsGenie+?Individual Lightning Lane?
Big Thunder Mountain RailroadYesNo
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger SpinYesNo
Disney Festival of Fantasy ParadeYesNo
Dumbo the Flying ElephantYesNo
Haunted MansionYesNo
“it’s a small world”YesNo
Jungle CruiseYesNo
Mad Tea PartyYesNo
Meet Ariel at Her GrottoYesNo
Mickey’s PhilHarMagicYesNo
Monsters, Inc. Laugh FloorYesNo
Peter Pan’s FlightYesNo
Pirates of the CaribbeanYesNo
Meet Mickey at Town Square TheaterYesNo
Meet Ariel at Her GrottoYesNo
Meet Princess Tiana & a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale HallYesNo
Meet Cinderella & a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale HallYesNo
Seven Dwarfs Mine TrainNoYes
Space MountainYesNo
The BarnstormerYesNo
The Magic Carpets of AladdinYesNo
The Many Adventures of Winnie the PoohYesNo
Tomorrowland SpeedwayYesNo
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little MermaidYesNo
Rides with Genie+ and Lightning Lanes at Magic Kingdom

List of all Magic Kingdom rides and attractions

Below is a list of all attractions and rides at the Magic Kingdom, including character meet-and-greets, sorted by land. 

Shows and parades with limited showings per day are not included. 

Adventureland

Closeup of the Swiss Family Treehouse attraction at Disney World.
Photo by Vernon Wentz, courtesy of Disney.

Adventureland is all about adventure in the great wide somewhere. There’s a bit of a global element to it, which as an avid traveler, I love very much.

Here’s what’s available in Adventureland:

  1. A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas
  2. Jungle Cruise
  3. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean
  5. Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse
  6. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  7. Meet Characters from Aladdin, including the man himself and Princess Jasmine!

Fantasyland

Photo of the Flying Dumbo ride at Disney World.
Photo courtesy of Disney.

Fantasyland is all about classic Disney characters with lots of princesses, princes, and other favorite Disney characters.

Here’s what’s available in Fantasyland:

  1. The Barnstormer
  2. Casey Jr. Splash ‘n’ Soak Station
  3. Cinderella Castle
  4. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  5. Mad Tea Party
  6. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  7. Meet Ariel at Her Grotto
  8. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  9. “It’s a Small World”
  10. Peter Pan’s Flight
  11. Prince Charming Regal Carousel
  12. Meet Cinderella and a visiting princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  13. Meet Daring Disney Pals as Circus Stars at Silly Pete’s Side Show
  14. Meet Merida at Fairytale Garden
  15. Meet Tiana and a visiting princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  16. Meet Winnie the Pooh and Tigger at the Thotful Spot
  17. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  18. Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
  19. Walt Disney World Railroad – Fantasyland station

Frontierland

Welcome to the wild, wild west, where everything is country-fied.

Here are all rides and attractions available in Frontierland:

  1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  2. Country Bear Jamboree
  3. Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade
  4. Tom Sawyer Island
  5. Walt Disney World Railroad – Frontierland station

Liberty Square

Photo of the Liberty Belle paddleboat ride all lit up at night, reflecting in the lake.
Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy of Disney.

Liberty Square has a vague American history theme. It’s more of a bypass between larger lands.

Here are all of the rides in Liberty Square:

  1. The Hall of Presidents
  2. Haunted Mansion
  3. Liberty Square Riverboat

Main Street U.S.A.

The grand main entrance to Magic Kingdom is known as Main Street U.S.A. It’s mainly filled with gift shops and restaurants.

Here’s a quick list of what’s available in this section:

  1. Casey’s Corner Pianist
  2. The Dapper Dans
  3. Disney Adventure Friends Calvacade
  4. Festival of Fantasy Parade
  5. Disney Enchantment nighttime show – available through April 2, 2023
  6. Happily Ever After nighttime show – starting April 3, 2023
  7. Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade
  8. Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire
  9. Walt Disney World Railroad – Main Street U.S.A. station
  10. Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater

In the past, Tinker Bell also meet at the Town Square Theater. But at the moment, this meet-and-greet seems to be unavailable.

Tomorrowland

Photo of Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom at night with lots of neon lights lit up.
Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy of Disney.

Tomorrowland is all about space and the future. It’s really fun to see at night with all of its neon lights.

Here are all of the rides in Tomorrowland:

  1. Astro Orbiter
  2. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  3. Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
  4. Space Mountain
  5. Tomorrowland Speedway
  6. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  7. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  8. Opening April 4, 2023: TRON Lightcycle / Run

What are your favorite Magic Kingdom rides and attractions?

Before you go, let me know which attractions and rides at Magic Kingdom are your favorites in the comments section below.

This blog post was originally published on June 27, 2021. It was last updated on April 16, 2022.

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